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Cook: "We Wanted to be Professional."

17 November 2013

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was pleased to get his first league win since September as the Spireites defeated Torquay United 2-0.

Two first half goals from Ollie Banks and Jay O’Shea were enough to send the Spireites joint top of the Sky Bet League 2 table and the gaffer was delighted with how his side performed.

He said: “It’s been a tough week in terms of preparation and training but we travelled down here on early on Friday and we trained. The lads have given a thoroughly professional performance today.

“We felt like we could have gone on to score the third goal that would have put the game to bed but our travelling support go home very happy today. We had great numbers down here and we thank them for that."

With the second half capitulation at Morecambe still fresh in the mind, the gaffer was keen not to have a repeat of the performance in Saturdays's game at Plainmoor.

“Today we wanted to be strong in the second half and we wanted to see the game out properly and professionally. Our senior players were excellent today because when Torquay’s crowd celebrated a shot late on, it just showed how solid and organised we were,” said the 46-year-old.

“We always looked a threat on the break that we might have got the third goal but I’m very pleased with the lads today. We’ve had a bit of a rough time lately. A lot of people say a lot of unjust things but there is still a long way to go and we’re doing okay.”

Ritchie Humphreys celebrated 600 league appearances as captain and helped the Spireites keep a clean sheet. The Liverpudlian had high praise for the player after reaching such a landmark. 

“We are very lucky to have Ritchie Humphreys at our football club because he’s a role model for everyone,” said the boss before adding: “Not only how he conducts himself on the pitch but off the pitch, in the dressing room and around club. He’s now the chairman of the PFA and they couldn’t have made a better appointment.”

To watch the full post match interview, log onto Spireites Player.

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